Why Expert Witnesses are Important For Your Legal Case


If you have watched any courtroom dramas in your life, you have heard the term “expert witness.” What are expert witnesses, and what role do they play in a court case? Why is it so important to have an expert witness testimony, be it criminal or civil? An expert witness is essential to your case, and here is why.

Expert Witnesses Have Practical and Court Experience

Expert witnesses are “expert” for more than one reason. They are always recognized experts in their field—an expert psychologist, for example, will have a lot of experience in his field and will be noted and credentialed in the specific area of psychology that your case is addressing. He, or she, will have published extensively and be known by any in his field as an expert.

In addition, expert witnesses will have experience in similar court cases. Not just any expert psychologist will count as an expert witness. An expert witness will have testified in similar cases before, which combined with their knowledge of the topic will enable them to present the facts of the case in a clear and concise manner that will help the jury and court understand what is going on. They know how to get around or explain complex jargon and get their point across.

Expert Witnesses Can Get Settlements

Nobody wants a court case to drag on for years of challenges, counter-claims and appeals, and nobody wants the initial proceedings to go on for months of painful testimony. Just the knowledge that an expert witness is involved alone can have a huge effect on settling a case without a lot of painful proceedings.

Expert Witnesses are Impartial

This is vital. Expert witnesses are impartial and unbiased. That means that while technically they can help either side of the case, their testimony will not be viewed as questionable in any way by the jury or court. Expert witnesses will be known to have blemish-free ethics and unquestionable morality. The witness will have no relationship with anyone involved in the case, and will have no motives to aid either side (though sometimes they may know one or the other attorney from having worked in prior cases). This impartiality will ease the court’s mind about any testimony the witness gives, reassuring them that the testimony is both valid and important.

Expert Witnesses Offer Insight as Well as Facts

Even if there is not a great deal of complex testimony and jargon to be explained, an expert witness can still be vital in offering insight into the case that other people might not consider. The testimony of an expert witness can often go a long way towards establishing things like motive or lack thereof, or the details of a circumstance that a lay person might not otherwise consider. Such insights can actually make or break a court case.

Choosing the Right Expert Witness

When choosing an expert witness you will want to make sure there are some key factors that we look for. Among these factors are:

  1. Professional experience and track record
  2. Strong history of court testimony in similar cases, as a representative for both plaintiff and defendant
  3. Current and active participation in his field of expertise
  4. Current credentials
  5. Articulate and Analytical

As an example, it does you no good to have an expert in surgery who does not have a current doctorate in their field, who isn’t currently practicing, and who just got their education last week. Nor will it necessarily be helpful if your witness has never before sat before a jury and testified—this experience cannot be undervalued.

The reason you want an experienced, active and recognized expert to serve as your witness is that someone with the right amount of experience will not be rattled when the opposing side in the case tries to discredit their testimony, which they will attempt to do. Even if an expert has decades of experience in their field, a lack of experience in court can lead to them being unprepared to face the litany of questions that will come their way, challenging their expertise.

Likewise, if a witness has a reputation for only representing one side, their testimony can fairly easily be presented as biased by the opposition.

Engaging, Articulate, and Analytical

Your witness should not only know their field inside and out, but they should be able to break down any situation into its component parts, and articulate that analysis of the situation in a manner that is easily digestible and engaging for the jury. These qualities will always be helpful when it comes to persuading the court of your argument.

Here at WIH RESOURCE GROUP, one of our top priorities in any case is to get the right expert witness from our team to assist you. We can find the expert witness who will have all the qualities above and more, to help you win your case.

Visit our website and contact us today to discuss your case and how we can best serve you and your client.

Source: Bart Beier, Beier Law

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Formed in 2005, WRG’s Team consists of subject matter experts from the waste, recycling, alternative fuels, and transportation industries from both the public and private sectors.  WRG’s Team of experts have over 150 years of combined experience.

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Five Tips on Making Everyday Count by Richard Branson


There’s always so much going on at Virgin and I have to juggle many different business focuses on a daily basis. I’m often asked how I do it and how I’ve managed to go into so many different sectors and make a success out of it.

I love life – and after 67 years of it I’ve worked out some of the things that help me manage my workload and have fun at the same time. I don’t really separate work and play – it’s all living. This doesn’t mean I’m always working, it means I’ve learned the art of balance. – Richard Branson

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On Virgin.com, our current Spotlight series is all about fulfilling potential. On this theme, I wanted to share my top five tips on making every day count:

5. Do something fun as you start your day

I like to get up early and start the day with some sport – usually a fierce game of tennis or an hour of kitesurfing. It gets the blood pumping and makes you feel like you’ve achieved something before you’ve even started working. It also releases endorphins so you’re more likely to be in a good mood!

If you’re not an early bird, perhaps try and build some exercise into your commute instead. Get off the train a stop early, ride your bike, do a yoga YouTube video in your lounge. I hear people say they don’t have time for fitness, which is true. You don’t have time for it, you make time for it. There is nothing more important than your health.

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4. Just do it!

I learned very early on, from Student Magazine to Virgin Records, that if you want something to happen, don’t just sit around waiting for it. Work hard, take your chances, and seize opportunities when they present themselves. Don’t give in to the fear and self-doubt and instead find ways to make it happen. Those who are bold have a higher chance of being rewarded.

3. Set goals and challenge yourself (and write them down)

You should always be looking for ways to make things better – including yourself. You can never know it all, and it’s so important to always be learning and developing. I find it really useful to set myself some goals and write them down. I make long-term and short-term goals, and the short-term successes keep my morale up and spur me on towards longer-term goals. By writing them down, you can work through your list and tick them off. Writing things down keeps you focused and makes sure you don’t forget great ideas. I look at my notebook every day and am always scribbling notes to myself.

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Richard Branson writing a letter

2. Have a break

It’s so important to carve a little time for yourself to breathe. I find the best way to do this is to make a cup of tea and take 10 minutes to reflect. Often this time sparks new ideas as your mind wanders, or helps you find solutions to problems that have been bugging you. I find that taking a break helps me rest rather than give up. If you burn yourself out, you’re no good to anyone.

1. Do some good

I feel that fulfilment and purpose are very closely linked. Most people feel the most fulfilled and happiest when they are having a positive impact on those around them. Business should be a driving force in creating a better world, so if you can combine your entrepreneurial skills with a social purpose, you can have a great effect on the world. I’ve always set out in business to disrupt industries to benefit the customer and had great fun doing it. More and more I am focusing on the big problems that the world faces, such as climate change, human rights and drug policy. I spend a lot of time working with Virgin Unite, the B Team, the Elders and the Rocky Mountain Institute. I want my grandchildren to grow up in a safe, secure world without the threat of climate change catastrophes or conflict.

How do you make every day count? 

 

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ABOUT WIH RESOURCE GROUP, INC. (WRG)

WIH Resource Group is global leader providing of diversified environmental (waste and recycling), financial, expert witness services, transportation / logistics consulting solutions to its Clients throughout North America and internationally.

WRG provides solutions to complex challenges to its clients in the areas of environmental, alternative fuel fleet conversion studies, customer satisfaction surveys, fleet management matters, equipment and assets valuations, mergers & acquisitions (M&A), landfill gas management, renewable energy, waste & recycling collections, business process improvement, procurement services assistance, waste management operations, recycling processing, transfer stations, operational performance assessments (OPAs), recycling facilities (MRFs) studies, transportation and other feasibility and related financial analysis.

Formed in 2005, WRG’s Team consists of subject matter experts from the waste, recycling, alternative fuels, and transportation industries from both the public and private sectors.  WRG’s Team of experts have over 150 years of combined experience.

CLICK HERE to learn more about the rest of the Team of subject matter experts at WIH Resource Group.

For more information about WIH Resource Group’s diversified client services, and how we can best serve you, visit www.wihrg.com

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WIH Resource Group is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. WIH Resource Group provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments.  WIH Resource Group serves clients in more than 175 key markets internationally.

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Why Successful People Never Bring Smartphones Into Meetings


You are annoying your boss and colleagues any time you take your phone out during meetings, says new research from USC’s Marshall School of Business, and if you work with women and people over forty they’re even more perturbed by it than everyone else.

The researchers conducted a nationwide survey of 554 full-time working professionals earning above $30K and working in companies with at least 50 employees. They asked a variety of questions about smartphone use during meetings and found:

  • 86% think it’s inappropriate to answer phone calls during meetings
  • 84% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails during meetings
  • 66% think it’s inappropriate to write texts or emails even during lunches offsite
  • The more money people make the less they approve of smartphone use.

The study also found that Millennials are three times more likely than those over 40 to think that smartphone use during meetings is okay, which is ironic considering Millennials are highly dependent upon the opinions of their older colleagues for career advancement.

TalentSmart has tested the emotional intelligence of more than a million people worldwide and found that Millennials have the lowest self-awareness in the workplace, making them unlikely to see that their smartphone use in meetings is harming their careers.

Why do so many people—especially successful people—find smartphone use in meetings to be inappropriate? When you take out your phone it shows a:

  • Lack of respect. You consider the information on your phone to be more important than the conversation at hand, and you view people outside of the meeting to be more important than those sitting right in front of you.
  • Lack of attention. You are unable to stay focused on one thing at a time.
  • Lack of listening. You aren’t practicing active listening, so no one around you feels heard.
  • Lack of power. You are like a modern-day Pavlovian dog who responds to the whims of others through the buzz of your phone.
  • Lack of self-awareness: You don’t understand how ridiculous your behavior looks to other people.
  • Lack of social awareness: You don’t understand how your behavior affects those around you.

I can’t say I’m surprised by the USC study’s findings. My company coaches leaders using 360° assessments that compare their self-perception to how everyone else sees them. Smartphone use in meetings is one of the most common coworker complaints.

It’s important to be clear with what you expect of others. If sharing this article with your team doesn’t end smartphone use in meetings, take a page out of the Old West and put a basket by the conference room door with an image of a smart phone and the message, “Leave your guns at the door.”

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

Kevin Kruse is a NYT bestselling author, accomplished speaker, and expert in employee engagement and leadership. Download free articles at his website KevinKruse.com

Dr. Travis Bradberry is the award-winning co-author of the #1 bestselling book, Emotional Intelligence 2.0, and the cofounder of TalentSmart, the world’s leading provider of emotional intelligence tests, emotional intelligence training, and emotional intelligence certification, serving more than 75% of Fortune 500 companies. His bestselling books have been translated into 25 languages and are available in more than 150 countries. Dr. Bradberry has written for, or been covered by, Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, Inc., USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, and The Harvard Business Review.

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WIH Resource Group is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. WIH Resource Group provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world’s built, natural and social environments.  WIH Resource Group serves clients in more than 175 key markets internationally.

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New Mexico Recycling Coalition Offers Members Sound Recycling Advice


The New Mexico Recycling Coalition (NMRC) board and its Executive Director, recently provide guidance to its Coalition Members  for 2009 relative to the current downturn in the recycling markets.   It provided the following advice and recommendations on how best to sustain recycling programs and ensure success for this year and the future:

 

1.       Prices for recycled material have collapsed.  Indeed this was a shock to many of us, but in truth this is a cyclical market like any other, and it has had its lows and highs in the past.  Recycling will always see volatility and members should plan accordingly.

 

2.       To buffer from the shock of sudden market fluctuations, the NMRC recommends that members work with the same processor for material, rather than spot marketing material to the highest bidder each month, suggesting that loyalty will pay off in times like these.

 

3.       In this current year, the NMRC advises members to focus on the quality of material.  In these lower value times, it is doubly important to be providing processors with marketable material.  NMRC suggests to members to ask end-markets users as to their detailed material specifications and pass that on to commodity suppliers, participants and customers.  

 

4.       Re-evaluate your education materials to ensure that recycled content suppliers know how to prepare the material.

 

NMRC traditionally serves as an advocate for increases in recycling and program expansions.  NMRC Board still wish for this to happen, but in the current economy they also want to be realistic in their expectations.  NMRC encourages members to do the same with their recycling programs.   Again, focusing on improving quality of material for programs already in place is key.  In the move to expand, weigh the opportunity carefully.  Evaluate the need to scale-back carefully as well.  In these times, there may not be a market for certain materials and tough decisions will need to be made, however it is hard to take something away from participants and then re-educate them when you begin to accept that material again.

  

Source: New Mexico Recycling Coalition Board

 

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